Chris Kutz

professor of law

Christopher Kutz is C.William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Berkeley. As a faculty member in Berkeley Law's Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, his research focuses on moral, political and legal philosophy. His work focuses on moral, political and legal philosophy, and he has particular interest in the foundations of criminal, international and constitutional law. Kutz's newest book, On War and Democracy (Princeton U Press, Feb. 2016), examines the moral justifications that democracies often invoke to wage war. It addresses when democratic states can engage in war, such as for purposes of humanitarian intervention, and what limits democratic commitments place on their means, such as torture and drone strikes. In addition, he has written on issues of the metaphysics of criminal responsibility, social welfare obligations, national responsibilities to mitigate climate change, humanitarian ethics, reparations, and political legitimacy. Kutz teaches courses in criminal law, and moral, political and legal philosophy. Before joining the Berkeley faculty, he clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.